Okay seriously, what the hell?
Courtesy of WaPo:
Republican members of Congress sounded a newly conciliatory tone in meetings with Russian lawmakers and officials here on Tuesday in a rare visit to Moscow and a preview of the looming summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) told Russia’s foreign minister that while Russia and the United States were competitors, “we don’t necessarily need to be adversaries.” Later on at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, members attending a plenary session greeted the Americans with applause.
“I’m not here today to accuse Russia of this or that or so forth,” Shelby told Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. “I’m saying that we should all strive for a better relationship.”
The Republicans’ meetings in Moscow — coming after the lawmakers visited St. Petersburg and took in the ballet “Sleeping Beauty” — helped set the tone for the July 16 Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. Their Russian hosts said they hoped the Americans’ newfound willingness to meet marked a turning point after years of almost no direct contact between lawmakers in Washington and Moscow.
A turning point? Shouldn’t the turning pint have been after we discovered that Russia had interfered with our elections?
After all, it was just yesterday that the Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed that our US intelligence agencies were correct in asserting that the Russians worked to defeat Hillary Clinton and to support the candidacy of Donald Trump, part of which included hacking various computers and email accounts in this country.
And the response to that is a fucking sleepover in Russia by congressional Republicans?
Here, take a look at this part of the article:
Among the Russians meeting with the Republicans on Tuesday was Sergey Kislyak — the former Russian ambassador to Washington whose communications with Michael Flynn led to the former national security adviser’s downfall. Kislyak, now a member of the upper house of parliament, noted in an interview after the meeting that many of the Republicans sitting across the table were already known to him from Washington.
“The main thing about all this is that our guests traveled here in order to talk,” Kislyak said. “This is probably good confirmation of a readiness to start a dialogue — something that we lacked for a long time.”
Of course, Kislyak knows everybody, he was elbow deep in the Russian interference.
And hell he has already palled around with a number of folks from the Trump campaign and was even invited into the White House to meet Trump himself.
So now we not only have Donald Trump bending a knee to Putin and his people, but also the Republicans in Congress.
Happy Independence Day folks.